Ear infections

Liz - posted on 01/10/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I really need some advice. My son was 2 in Sept. and he has had constant ear infections. He had his first set of tubes just after he turned 1 and now just had his second set and adenoids removed. The Dr. said he has really bad ears and doesn't sound confident that this is going to help.Nothing I seem to do helps he is still having so many problems! Does anyone have any other suggestions that may help to lessen the frequency of infections and the possibility of more surgeries?

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Terri - posted on 01/12/2012

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My daughter is almost 14months and we have gone through the same thing since she was 3months old! I switched her doctor 6x's before I found someone that was willing to go the further step. I demanded to see a specialist and we just found out that she has asthma, allergies to dust mites and cats & they were flare ups that just turned into infections because they were not treating the problem. I strongly suggest that you get a second opinion! Medications all the time for a young lil one is NOT good at all. We are now starting treatment and already are seeing an improvement. There are really good pediatric specialist out there.

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Caroline - posted on 01/13/2012

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Try a chiropractor! Call around and mention the ear infections specifically when looking for a doc familiar with the issue. My son was having lots of problems with an ear infection from hell that lasted forever, and an adjustment cleared it right out!

Jenelle - posted on 01/11/2012

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Hey,

No medical help but my daughter had so many ear infections after I stopped breastfeeding when she was 1. The nurses I work with suggested putting her on soy milk instead of dairy milk. She hated it so I tried goats milk next and she hasn't had one since. And it's been a year now.

Nicole - posted on 01/11/2012

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Make sure he is not drinking while lying down, it is a direct route for any fluid to travel up the eustatian tubes and become an inner ear infection.

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2012

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Does he lay down with a pillow or drink laying down? Does he get water in his ears and also is he teething? When I was around 5 til the age of 8 I lived on antibiotics because every month I had another ear infection. I'm now way too old and haven't had an ear infection since the age of 8. I would ask your pedi and ent doc about what things you can do to try and prevent the infections. I wish you all the best and hope our son feels better asap.

Yurena - posted on 01/11/2012

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I wonder, does he get it through throat infections and cold or are the 'spontaneous? I find I get earache and infection through my throat, I try to avoid it by having honey (a natural antibiotic that can help avoiding colds), also vitamin C could help in this case. Also avoid having him on windy, cold days out, always throat and ears protected, a cotton wool ball on the ear, with no pressure, just to cover the opening, can help. Good luck, xxx.

Cara - posted on 01/11/2012

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my daugter had many ear infections as well. When she was a little over one she had ear tubes put in. She is now a little over two and has not had a ear infection scince.

Rachael - posted on 01/10/2012

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sadly some kids (and adults) just get ear infections. You can try to taking him to a pediatric ENT and have his hearing tested. If there is no hearing interference just treat them as they crop up and hope he gets fewer as he gets older

September - posted on 01/10/2012

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Our son struggled with ear infections as well. We never had tubes put in because he never had more than 5 in one year. Children do grow out of them so just keep that in mind. Babies are particularly susceptible to ear infections because their eustachian tubes are short and horizontal. As they grow to adulthood, their tubes triple in length and become more vertical, so fluid can drain more easily.

Good luck it does get better!

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